Normally, we do a lot of nerd stuff, or we complain about something, or just post weird randomness, but this not one of those times. I want to take this time to get something off of my chest. How many of you reading this have a pet? If you answered yes, by the time you are finished reading this, your head is going to want to spin around just like Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist. I believe that most pet owners look at their pets as their children, even at times calling them fur babies. I am guilty of doing this as well. Our pets are just as much a part of the family as anyone else. If we are having a bad day, who really is the first to greet us when we walk through that door? It is our pet. The excitement that pet has when seeing their owner is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. But what if that pet was more than pet? And that is where this story begins……
Jonesboro, Arkansas is a growing city, and you can tell by how long you sit in traffic at each stop light. Or by the growing amount of crime that is discussed on the late local news. Or maybe the fact that each road floods making the streets look like scene out of Waterworld. But, that is not what the city of Jonesboro is worried about. The city is more concerned about splitting up a family because of something on the books from the 1950s.
The city is worried about a woman having two house broken mini pigs. You read that right. Two mini pigs. See in the city of Jonesboro, it apparently is illegal to have a pig inside the city limits. The Jonesboro woman, Danna, and her family have had the pigs for over six year without a complaint at all. She would even walk Wilbur and Fern through the neighborhood without a problem. And one day it all changed.
I am not sure how some people can change on the flip of dime. It baffles me as a human being. Just by seeing the pictures of Danna and her family with Wilbur and Fern, they treat them better than some people actually treat their own children. Let that sink in. This family, who has done a lot of service, her husband for this country, and herself as nurse in the community. Wilbur and Fern are therapy animals for her husband who served in the Gulf War to help with his PTSD. But to the city of Jonesboro, that apparently does not matter. This family is going to be torn apart because of a law that is outdated. A law that is older than most of the people reading this. But that is the problem with the city claiming to be “progressive.” There were as many people running for mayor as the University of Kansas has had head basketball coaches. It seems to me that no matter how many steps forward a city can take, there is always someone there to keep it in the same spot.
She went before a committee that decided she could keep them if she helped write a new ordinance, and then decided against the new ordinance altogether and without blinking an eye the committee decided to break up a happy home. The family is now trying to sell their home and move outside the city limits to be able keep their family intact. It is something that no family should ever have to go through at all.
And to make matters worse, city sent animal control to her house after the “mayor” gave the family sixty days to be able to find a new living arrangement for the pigs. But animal control did a lot more than just show up, they decided to have lights on, and people were describing it as if it were an FBI raid. And the city will not Grandfather Wilbur and Fern due to breaking the law.
I feel that we need to take a look at the ordinance.
Sec. 10-7 Keeping of swine. It is unlawful to keep any live swine within the corporate limits of the city.
I understand not wanting pig farms to sprout up all over the city but come on, where is one actually going to show up? We are not going to be going to Walmart and all of a sudden be greeted by a pig farm. There is way too much city for that to even happen right now. There is only one other animal that is not allowed in the city limits of Jonesboro, and I hope you are sitting down for this one because even I had a good chuckle.
Sec. 10-11. – Keeping of lion prohibited.
- The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: Lion means a large carnivorous mammal of the cat family.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor a lion within the city.
A Smurfing Lion. Let me repeat for those in the back, A SMURFING LION! I figured the only thing that made sense here is a curse word. So, the only two animals not allowed in the city limits are lions and pigs. But if you own pet alligators, cobras, pumas, cheetahs, rattlesnakes, rhinos, elephants, do I have a place for you to come.
All joking aside, I want you to take this time for one minute. I want you to close your eyes. I want you to think what you would do if someone came to your doorstep and told you that you have to give up your pet with the possibility of never seeing them again? What would you do? That feeling is the living hell that this family is having to go through right now, and for the next few weeks it is going to get worse. This may seem trivial to some, but to others a pet is the best friend they could ever have. The city council and mayor of Jonesboro need to right this wrong.